It has to be said that David Cameron's spokesman isn't usually in the business of making comments on the actions of football players, so his statement on Liverpool F.C.'s Luis Suarez did come as a surprise. The spokesman indicated that Suarez should "take into account the fact that professional players are often role models", the spokesman clarifying that it was pretty clear that the Prime Minister believed that the player had set a bad example by biting Chelsea's Ivanovic last night.
Not only was it already obvious to all involved that Suarez was in the wrong, but manager Brendan Rodgers had already commented on the incident. Our reporter Julian Harris:
Rodgers will now consult with the club’s owners before deciding on Suarez’s future in Merseyside.
“Players are always replaceable, no matter how good they think they are. This club is about respect. It will be maintained,” Rodgers said. “We’ll review it, because there’s certainly no one bigger than this club.
“This is a club with incredible values and ethics here. As footballers, managers and staff we are representing this great club.”
Last night managing director Ian Ayre confirmed that the club will take internal action.
“Luis is aware that he has let himself and everyone associated with the club down,” Ayre said. “We will deal with the matter internally and await any action from the FA.”
The player could also face a financial hit as his multi-million pound sponsor Adidas made a statement regarding his conduct:
We will be reminding him of the standards we expect from our players. Luis has admitted his actions were unacceptable.
So why did Cameron feel it was his place to comment? Not many go to MPs for their pitchside punditry. More likely is that a now desperate Prime Minister is looking to keep alive stories that serve as a distraction from bad news elsewhere.
As news broke today that government debt has now exceeded 90 per cent of GDP, and below inflation wage increases mean that many find themselves squeezed, it is understandable that Cameron would much rather discuss the antics of a footballer. But that isn't his place. As Prime Minister, he would be better served sticking to his job rather than putting his nose into places where it doesn't belong.